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Fussy Baby Network was featured in an ABC News story about new research that shows infants with persistent crying issues are more likely to develop behavioral problems as children. Read the article »
Doris Duke Foundation renews funding
We’re pleased to report that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has renewed its support of the Fussy Baby Network with a three-year, $1.3 million grant.
The grant will support services to approximately 2,000 families in the Chicago area; strengthen activities to address the dual risk of maternal depression and infant crying; expand our national network to six sites, including sites which will adapt the model for inclusion in primary care; and increase the evidence base for the model through an expanded outcomes evaluation.
Infant Massage Class for Dads
Saturdays, June 22 and 29, 10–11:30 a.m.
Erikson Institute, 451 North LaSalle, Chicago, 4th floor
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Come and learn basic techniques to massage your baby! During this two-class session, you will learn basic infant massage techniques, as well as how they relate to your baby’s needs. The class is taught by Chris Bakker, a certified infant massage instructor, and is open to dads with fussy babies.
FEE: $40 for the series. Sliding fee available.
REGISTER: Contact Maggie Reardon at [email protected]
Infant massage has been practiced in many different cultures around the world for centuries. Following are some benefits for babies and parents:
- Helps with Fussiness and Irritability
Infant massage can aid in the regulation of the respiratory, circulatory, and gastrointestinal systems. Stomach massage can help with relief from gas and constipation.
- Helps Baby to Soothe and Settle
Infant massage can help to release the stress that infants encounter as they learn to deal with new stimuli every day.
- Helps to Improve Baby’s Sleep
Infant massage routines can help babies learn how to feel relaxed so that they can sleep better.
- Promotes Communication
Infant massage is a powerful form of non-verbal communication that gives a message of love and security. Caregivers learn how to read baby’s cues, and babies learn that they are heard.
- Enhances Parent-Infant Relationship
When you take time to massage your baby, you are conveying nurturing and love. In return, your baby will learn to convey a sense of well-being. These are essential ingredients for the parent-infant relationship.
Please call us at 888-431-BABY (2229) to find out more about our upcoming events.